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Kent Seidel

Associate Professor, Director Center for Practice Engaged Education Research (C-PEER)

My Story

As director of C-PEER, Dr. Seidel collaborates with districts, schools and community groups to develop a focused priority research agenda. His research taps into shared thinking, creates local solutions and contributes to collective impact in education.

Prior to coming to CU Denver in summer 2014, he was associate professor with a rare dual appointment in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies and Research Methods & Statistics at the University of Denver since 2007. He holds a PhD in non-profit and educational management/organizational theory from University of Cincinnati, and his research training includes econometrics and statistical analysis as well as qualitative and mixed methods design. He has worked with schools and districts in program evaluation since working as a research consultant with the University of Cincinnati Evaluation Services Center in 1996. 

Dr. Seidel has many years of experience with large-scale collaborative projects involving mixed methods and advanced statistical designs. His focus in teaching and in research has been on bringing educators to the table with researchers with a focus on generating usable knowledge for practitioners to apply in their work. His personal primary research has focused on performance-based approaches to improving educator support and school quality. He is Principal Investigator for the current IES-funded study of novice teachers’ core competencies and student achievement, working with 21 preparation programs in the state. Prior large-scale, multi-site efforts that he has managed in collaboration with district partners as PI or Co-PI include the Channel Analysis study of novice teachers in Denver Public Schools (6 IHEs and 3 alternative route providers, 2009-2011); Profiles of Teacher Proficiency (Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, with state departments of education and higher education and a district partner); and the Ohio Teacher Quality Partnership studies (51 IHEs, state departments of education and higher education, $5+million various sources). 

Between 1990 and 2006, Dr. Seidel worked actively with all of the professional associations that developed national standards, including serving as executive director of the Alliance for Curriculum Reform from 1998 to 2006; was one of six writing the national theatre standards; served on the national steering committee developing the 1997 NAEP assessment for the arts; and worked closely with the 20 national associations facilitating their work on the National Study of School Evaluation’s new accreditation and program evaluation resources and the curriculum mapping effort of AAAS/Project 2061.

My Hobbies

Dr. Seidel lives near downtown Denver with his husband of nearly 30 years. He enjoys music, and sings and plays flute (and occasionally other instruments) in both rock band and choir settings. He is a regular crossfit participant (though very amateur) and a certified martial arts instructor, holding a 5th degree black belt in Tracy’s Kenpo-Jiu Jitsu style.

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